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Arrhythmia Alliance World Heart Rhythm Week (A-A WHRW)
4 - 10 June 2018
Fainting or syncope is relatively common and in some cases it can be a sign of an arrhythmia (heart rhythm disorder) and should not be ignored. Arrhythmias can affect people of all ages and for some, fainting may be the first indication of a problem.
Did you know...
- 1 in 2 people will faint at least once in their lifetime
- 39% of children and 30% of adults are misdiagnosed with epilepsy - many of whom have an underlying, potentially fatal arrhythmia
- The number one killer in the western world is sudden cardiac death - often the only symptom is fainting
- Syncope and falls are the most common reason for older patients to attend A&E. It is estimated that syncope accounts for 10- 20% of falls which cause injury.
This A-A WHRW, our focus is Take Fainting to Heart - there is no such thing as a simple faint. We are asking our supporters to help us to raise awareness of arrhythmias whether by simply sharing and displaying information, holding an awareness activity or by fundraising and donating to Arrhythmia Alliance.
Help us to spread awareness of arrhythmias this A-A WHRW
What can I do during A-A WHRW?
There are many ways to get involved:
1. Share & Display information about arrhythmias, the importance of Take Fainting Heart and how to Know Your Pulse at your GP surgery/pharmacy, school, workplace or community group. We have a large number of resources which can be downloaded from our website.
2. Hold an awareness activity and take on the Pulse Check Challenge in collaboration with your healthcare centre, workplace or community group.
3. Fundraise for example by baking some goodies to sell, holding a coffee morning, quiz night or create your own event.
4. Or simply make a donation to enable us to continue to raise awareness and offer support:
SAVE THE DATE
Our aim for World Heart Rhythm Week ( 5-11 June 2017) was to:
- Make 1 million people Pulse Rhythm Aware
- Take 10,000 pulse rhythm checks
- Identify 1,000 people with an irregular heart rhythm
- Hold 100 'Know Your Pulse' events
Here's how we did...
Just through our Social Media sources alone, we made more than ONE MILLION people Pulse Rhythm Aware.
We distributed over 600 Arrhythmia Alliance information and event packs to Healthcare Professionals in the UK plus many more internationally.
More than 15 countries participated in World Heart Rhythm Week.
Over 200 'Know Your Pulse' events have taken place in UK hospitals and GP practices.
Collecting and collating pulse check data is ongoing however we know that we have surpassed over 10,000 pulse checks!
By making more people arrhythmia aware you have helped to highlight the importance of identifying and referring new patients for treatment who are unaware they may be walking around with a potentially debilitating or fatal arrhythmia.